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“Wildlife, not entertainers” campaign targets TripAdvisor and online travel companies

WIT: ‘The World Animal Protection organisation is on a mission to get online travel companies behind its “Wildlife, not entertainers” campaign, specifically the battle to stop elephant rides for tourists around the world. Its website currently carries a petition, saying “TripAdvisor Inc. profits from cruelty to wild animals. As owner of the world’s largest travel site they could help end wildlife suffering, but contribute to it instead. Demand they stop promoting and selling tickets to cruel wildlife tourist attractions today”… For the past five years, it’s worked on the traditional travel sector and has had success with more than 100 travel companies having made the pledge not to sell elephant tours. Brands such as Contiki, TUI, Intrepid, Travelcorp, Thomas Cook are among these companies. “Travelcorp has agreed to take all wildlife entertainment including dolphin shows, and anything that involves direct contact between tourists and wildlife, off their brochures,” said Audrey Meelia, corporate engagement manager, who attended Phocuswright Europe in Dublin this month. “A lot of of wildlife attractions are actually cruel, our campaign is aimed at making travel companies and travellers aware of that.” Now with the growth of online travel and tours and activities sites such as TripAdvisor, Viator and GetYourGuide, the NGO realises it has get these brands onboard and wants to start conversations with them’. SOURCE…


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